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WFAN Bests Lupica and ESPN 1050

Mike Lupica, Daily News (N.Y.) columnist and czar of the Sunday Sports Reporters on ESPN, was expected to join ESPN 1050 in New York, go head to head with Mike Francesa of WFAN, and spark a ratings surge for the World Wide Leader. Instead Arbitron reports that ESPN’s numbers fell from May to June, from 1.o to 0.9, while WFAN’s rose from 2.6 to 2.8.

(H/T to Bob’s Blitz)

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Former ABC News boss David Westin to head up News Licensing Group

Former ABC News president David Westin has been named president and CEO of the News Licensing Group, a digital rights organization established by the board of the Associated Press.

News Licensing will launch this summer with content and data from the AP and more than 1,000 digital publications.

“I said in February that the News Licensing Group will be a game changer for news providers worldwide, and we have in David Westin the right person, respected throughout the news and entertainment industry, to ensure that this happens,” said AP president and CEO Tom Curley.

“News providers will need to work with digital distributors to make sure that this new world works for everyone — for the news organizations, for the distributors and ultimately for the public,” said Westin in a statement. “This is the mission of the News Licensing Group. It is an exciting moment for the news industry, and I’m honored to be part of it.”

Westin was president of ABC News from 1997 until late last year. He is a board member of the AP and in 2009 wrote an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal over the kinds of issues he’ll now be faced with. In this case, the suit and countersuit between the AP and artist Shepard Fairey over Fairey’s artistic take of an AP-licensed photo of Barack Obama.

News release with more on News Licensing Group, after the jump…

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O’Reilly Takes On AP, LAT, Kos

oreillytv_7-15.JPGFNC anchor Bill O’Reilly unleashed a four minute Talking Points at the top of The O’Reilly Factor last night aimed at news organizations and web sites who were “disrespectful” to Tony Snow over the weekend.

One of his main qualms was with the editorializing found in Douglas K. Daniel‘s Associated Press obituary of Snow. “Your opinion of his job performance doesn’t belong in an obituary,” he said. “It was an insult to Tony’s family and demonstrated once and for all the AP is no longer a news service — it has become a liberal clearinghouse.”

He also called out AP president Tom Curley for, “hiding under his desk” (not coming on The Factor) and drew viewers to his web site to contact Curley.

He also took umbrage with the Los Angeles Times (“in desperate economic trouble“) and The Daily Kos for allowing commmenters to attack Snow. But who, “should be applauded?” The Huffington Post, for stopping the attack comments.

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